Chronic Dry Eye: Facts And Figures

Chronic dry eye affects over 20 million Americans and is the leading cause of visits to the eye doctor each year. Almost 40% of Americans suffer from dry eyes on a regular basis. When eyes do not create the proper amount or type of tears, the eyes are not lubricated enough and are left open to irritation and bacteria. Symptoms of chronic dry eye syndrome include sensitivity to light, blurry vision, an itchy feeling and irritation. Treatment depends on the seriousness of the symptoms and may include lubricating eye drops, often called artificial tears. Prescription eye drops are also available for more serious cases of the disease.

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